Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Samoa punt Papua New Guinea from Rugby League World Cup in seven-try romp

Leeson Ah Mau
Photo: Samoa looks to have ended PNG's hopes of progressing to the next stage of the Rugby League World Cup. (Getty: Michael Steele)
Papua New Guinea's Rugby League World Cup exit was all but confirmed on Tuesday as they lost what was effectively a qualifying shootout with Samoa 38-4 in Hull.
With defending champions New Zealand to come on Friday and a defeat to France already against their name, Adrian Lam's Kumuls knew this was a must-win if they were to have a realistic chance of taking third spot in Group B.
Improving Samoa never gave them a chance, with Matt Parish's side showing more of the flashes they produced in losing to New Zealand a week ago.
A defeat of the Kiwis must follow if PNG are to have any hope of progressing.
Samoa face France in their final pool game and will be increasingly confident after a seven-try display which included an Antonio Winterstein hat-trick.
If they can beat the French, second place and an easier quarter-final - likely to be against Fiji - awaits.

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